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Rowan authorities cite teenagers swimming in Balfour Quarry

GOLD HILL — Several teenagers were issued citations for trespassing last week after they were caught swimming in Balfour Quarry, which is a gated property, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities were called to 510 Balfour Quarry Road on Tuesday after a report that a large number of people were trespassing on the property. Rowan County officials said there is a gate at the property, but there were a number of vehicles parked in a nearby cul-de-sac.

A deputy approached the quarry and saw people sitting on rocks and three of in the water. The officer told the teens about the dangers of swimming at the quarry and that they were trespassing. Capt. John Sifford said the owner of the property has given deputies consent to charge anyone not authorized to be on the property with trespassing.

The teens told the deputy they had heard about the quarry from a friend who lived in the area and they also saw a video of it on Youtube.

The deputy noted an open backpack that had marijuana and a marijuana grinder inside. Three 15-year-olds were released in the custody of their parents.

Others were issued citations:

• Nicklaus Sebastian Adams, 18, second-degree trespassing.

• Joaquin Edgardo Mena, 17, second-degree trespassing.

• Anthony Robert Deters, 17, second-degree trespassing.

• Spencer Steven Custer, 21, second-degree trespassing.

• Barrett Emerson Woodward, 17, second-degree trespassing.

• Robert Stroh Collins, 26, second-degree trespassing.

• Jennifer Marlem Gonzalez-Chiquito, 16, second-degree trespassing.

• Tyler John Camp, 16, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance Schedule VI.

• Jaxon Chandler Smith, 17, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Kalista Mae Steiner, 16, second-degree trespassing.

• Andy Josue Flores-Parada, 18, second-degree trespassing.

• Jeremy Adalberto Flores-Parada, 16, second-degree trespassing.

Officials said the teens told deputies they are from Matthews, Mocksville, Advance and the Greensboro area.

Officials said it is dangerous to swim in the quarry and cited the 2016 drowning of an East Rowan High School student.

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